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PROVIDED PHOTO Commemorating the $15,000 Gene Haas Foundation Fellowship at Penn College, left to right, Luke J. Davies, Instructor, CNC Machining/Automation; John M. Good III, Instructor, Automation and Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Bill Zimmerman, Director of Sales, Phillips Corp. (a Haas factory outlet); Kathy Looman, Director of Education, Gene Haas Foundation; Mark Schankweiler, vice president, internal service operations, Phillips Corp. (and Penn College alumnus); Lindsay Cline, Director of Education and Events, Phillips Commercial; Ken Wawrzyniak, Sales Engineer, Phillips Commercial; Richard K. Hendricks Jr., Instructor, Machine Tool Technology/Automated Manufacturing; Elizabeth A. Biddle, Director of Corporate Relations, Penn College; Howard W. Troup, Instructor, Automated Manufacturing/Machine Tool Technology; and Bradley M. Webb, Dean of Engineering Technologies.

WILLIAMSPORT — Students in manufacturing-related majors and those competing in Baja SAE racing competitions at the Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a $15,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation.

The foundation, established in 1999 by the owner of Haas Automation Inc., provides scholarships to institutions that provide education and training in CNC (computer numerical control) machining.

Of the scholarship, $12,500 is reserved for scholarships. The remaining $2,500 will help students compete in Baja Competitions, which require them to design, craft and build a single-seat all-terrain vehicle to survive various challenges and an off-road endurance race.

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, an associate’s degree in automated manufacturing technology or machine tool technology, or a general machinist’s certificate are eligible for the scholarships . Recipients are selected by the college.

The Gene Haas Foundation is honored as a member of the Visionary Society on the College’s Donor Wall ($100,000-$499,999) and has supported Penn College since 2003.

“We are grateful for this continued support from the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “The skills gap is a challenge that many businesses face, and Penn College graduates are helping fill that gap with skilled, skilled workers. The Gene Haas Foundation helps students pursue their passions while earning a degree in practical applied technology.

“We are delighted to present this well-deserved gift on behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Lindsay Cline, director of education and events for Phillips Commercial, a Haas Factory Outlet. “Penn College has an impressive heritage of training some of the nation’s top manufacturing professionals, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

To learn more about giving opportunities at Penn College, visit or call 570-320-8020.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. To learn more, visit, email [email protected], or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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